A Note from Our Pastor

Ed Cooper

In St. Mark's and the Social Gospel, Ellen Blue captures this pastor's heart and the heart of St. Mark's when she writes--"We are trying to preach the gospel by both word and deed, believing that the latter is as effective as the former." Blue continues with her prophetic summation--"One hundred years later, the proclamation of a saving gospel and the attempt to meet the whole spectrum of human needs remained the methods of choice for the action in the congregation ...On North Rampart Street, the Kingdom of God is as close to hand as it has ever been and as far away." 

Serving as St. Mark's pastor affords me the opportunity to join this community of faith as we commit ourselves to living out, "...God's Kingdom come, God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Not only is St. Mark's committed to bringing the Kingdom close to those who "live with their backs against the wall," but she zealously expresses Kingdom love in the embracing, accepting, and loving of ALL!


As pastor of this incredible church, it fills my heart beyond joy to invite you to join us at St. Mark's - where ALL means ALL! 



Reita Lawrence

Lay Leader

"There are things that are uniquely St. Mark's. People from all walks of life worshipping together is what I imagine the Kingdom of God looking like!"

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Karl Harrod

Worship Leader

Karl has invested his life in teaching music, theater, and leading worship in multiple churches throughout NOLA. Much of his time is also spent in directing musicals in community theaters in New Orleans.

Nancy Morris

Director of Operations

Nancy brings a broad range of experience to her volunteer position of serving as St. Mark's Director of Operations. As a creative, mission-driven developer and leader, she performs numerous, invaluable hands-on duties which allow St. Mark's to minister effectively and compassionately to those whom God sends our way every week.

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Abby Viel & Johnny Lee Hayes

Ministers of Hospitality

Abby Viel & Johnny Lee Hayes manifest the love, acceptance, and embrace for which St. Mark's is known. Upon one's arrival for worship, these two beloved Ministers of Hospitality are usually the first to welcome our guests as well as those who call St. Mark's home. What grace gifts Johnny and Abby are to the Kingdom and St. Mark's!

"St. Mark's is a real church, with real people.  I can be myself."

Emma Sopko - Member